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DAILY BRIEFING – Food and clothes giveaway in Pacific Beach, students to receive Shore Buddies, support local restaurants with gift cards

The Christmas tree at the end of Crystal Pier. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE

The Christmas tree at the end of Crystal Pier. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE

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A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.

Tuesday, Dec. 22

 

FOOD AND CLOTHES GIVEAWAY

Christ Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach is holding a food and clothes giveaway. Partnering with San Diego Food Bank and 100{b29a8546b24e15ebce5bdf4c4e1e007cef837acd9a52cbb1d773f07e7168b7a8} Company to feed and clothe community and family members before Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 23, from 2- 4 p.m. or as supplies last at Christ Lutheran Church parking lot, Corner of Cass and Chalcedony streets.

Christ Lutheran Church, San Diego Food Bank and 100{b29a8546b24e15ebce5bdf4c4e1e007cef837acd9a52cbb1d773f07e7168b7a8} Company have come together to provide hundreds of boxes to give away to any community members or families in need of food and clothing.  Boxes of food will include a variety of perishable and non-perishable items. Clothing choices include beanies, jackets and sweatshirts in adult sizes for men and women. A portion of the food boxes were first distributed at Pacific Beach Shores, a community of elderly, low-income community members, formerly Luther View earlier that day.

Pastor David Nagler of Christ Lutheran Church and Cristine Holmer, a parish member, helped organize the event, along with other volunteers, and will be on site to distribute the items. Due to COVID-19, all volunteers will be socially distanced, will be wearing masks and gloves, and boxes will be distributed only to those who are wearing masks. Masks will be provided if anyone is in need. The food was donated by San Diego Food Bank. The clothes were donated by 100{b29a8546b24e15ebce5bdf4c4e1e007cef837acd9a52cbb1d773f07e7168b7a8}, a sportswear and lifestyle brand headquartered in San Diego, that produces performance goggles, eyewear, helmets, gloves, protective gear and sportswear. The event is free and open to the public, christpb.org.

“Christmas is a time of giving, and we want to give to those who are struggling financially and to let them know the community cares about them,” said Nagler.

 

SHORE BUDDIES GIFTS

Roughly 2,000 school-aged children in San Diego’s low income communities are in for an early Christmas surprise. On Dec. 23, children enrolled in the San Diego Unified School District’s food distribution program will receive a special gift courtesy of local toy company, Shore Buddies and San Diego Coastkeeper, a nonprofit organization committed to protecting and restoring San Diego’s rivers, streams and coastline and wildlife that depend on clean water.

This donation is part of a greater social initiative for Shore Buddies, whose mission is to save marine life by actively keeping plastic out of the ocean as well as educate children about the dangers of single use plastic for the environment. The company, best known for its plush line made from recycled water bottles, will give each child a Shore Buddies keychain (made from recycled plastic bottles), a copy of “Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean” mini book and a link to the Shore Buddies plastic footprint calculator as well as other educational resources for elementary teacher and students found on shore-buddies.com. More importantly, Shore Buddies and San Diego Coastkeeper are providing classroom curriculum regarding the importance of recycling to the district, which will be presented via zoom in January. 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING SOUGHT

The City of San Diego is taking action to help make housing in San Diego more affordable. The City is looking to partner with qualified housing developers interested in providing future multifamily affordable housing in the city, and will provide additional funding to help ensure these critically needed homes are built.

“As a renter, I’m intimately familiar with how hard it is to afford a home in San Diego. Rents keep rising and many San Diegans are spending too much of their income on keeping a roof over their heads,” said Mayor Todd Gloria. “In order to make living in the city more affordable, we have to build more housing. Using City resources to create rental housing for those who are the most vulnerable is part of the solution to make San Diego more affordable for all of us.”

Over the next two years, the City intends to sell properties formerly owned by its redevelopment agency and use the proceeds – along with money from other state and federal resources – to help fund affordable housing construction. The funding proposal will be attached as part of a recently released Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in the form of a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Developers have until Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. to submit a proposal. The City’s Economic Development Department (EDD) anticipates between $30 million to $50 million can potentially be made available to developers to support new construction, preservation or rehabilitation of housing that will remain affordable for 55 years or longer.

The RFQ is intended to attract and select qualified development teams that have current multifamily affordable housing projects in the pipeline, so that the City can work with them once funding becomes available. The NOFA will only finance a portion of the funding for these affordable units. The City seeks to use its funding resources to provide the largest number of affordable multifamily units possible.  

 

UCSD VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

Discover the joys of continued learning at the highly acclaimed Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego at an online virtual Open House on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. This membership program for adults over 50, now completely online via Zoom, offers twice-daily lectures, seminars, and discussions of current events led by the renowned UCSD university faculty and scholars from across the country.  Subjects include Medicine, Science, International Relations, Law and Society, History, Art and Humanities, Literature, and Social Sciences. There are no prerequisites, exams or credit – simply the joy of learning. Highlights during the Winter quarter are a multi-lecture series on current research in Astrophysics: Exoplanets and the Search for Life, Underrated Presidents of the Twentieth Century, and many others. Learn more and RSVP here to receive the Zoom link. 

 

YEAR-END LIBRARY EVENT

On Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m., the San Diego Public Library Foundation will host a virtual year-end event to look back on an unexpected year and forward to the year to come. Foundation and Library leadership will have an open discussion about how San Diego’s libraries, with the help of the Library Foundation, pivoted in response to the pandemic and what supporters and the community as a whole can expect to see in 2021.

As part of the Library’s Cranes for Peace project, a call to collect more than 1,000 paper cranes to display in its Cranes for Peace display, a local librarian will lead a guided origami workshop, with participants learning how to fold their own origami cranes. Completed cranes can then be dropped at Library book drops to be included in display. 

This pandemic has proven that libraries offer so much more than books. They are hubs of access, resources and information. They provided the technology and tools necessary for all San Diegans to remain or become connected when things like education and work transitioned to remote situations. Participants will learn about the ways the Foundation and the Library worked together to provide for the community through the challenges presented by the pandemic this year. Afterward, the Cranes for Peace activity will create a space for all to set positive intentions of hope and good fortune for the year to come, as is the symbolic meaning connected to cranes. To conclude, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss their own visions for 2021 and be reminded of ways they can support this continued effort into the new year.

 

Speakers:

 

  • Misty Jones – director for the San Diego Public Library, City of San Diego

  • Patrick Stewart – CEO, San Diego Public Library Foundation

  • Wendy Urushima-Conn – Library Foundation trustee and chair of the Library Commission

  • Natalie Ganz – chief strategy and engagement officer, San Diego Public Library Foundation

 

For more information, call 619-238-6695 or visit supportmylibrary.org.

 

WHITE RUSSIAN CANNED COCKTAIL

Cutwater Spirits announced the national debut of White Russian, the 19th canned cocktail in its acclaimed ready-to-enjoy lineup. A beloved cult classic, White Russian features award-winning Cutwater Vodka with house-made coffee cream liqueur. With a bold 14{b29a8546b24e15ebce5bdf4c4e1e007cef837acd9a52cbb1d773f07e7168b7a8} ABV and all-white can design, Cutwater White Russian is a standout in the ready-to-drink category.

“When we came up with the fun idea of making a White Russian in a can, we set out to create something totally different than anything else out there in the Ready to Drink format,” said master distiller and co-founder, Yuseff Cherney. “This is exactly the drink you want in your hand this winter.”

Cherney oversees the production of all 19 Cutwater canned cocktails as well as 21 different bottled spirits across nearly every spirit category including tequila, vodka, rum, gin and whiskey. 

 

SUPPORT RESTAURANTS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Support your favorite restaurants this holiday season by gifting restaurant gift cards for to-go yummies soon or in-person dining a bit later now through Jan. 2. Post your gift purchase to social media for a chance to have your restaurant purchase amount matched by the California Restaurant Association. 

 

Rules:

 

1. Purchase a gift card or swag from your favorite San Diego restaurant;

 

2. Post a photo with your purchase on social media with #EatDrinkGiveSD and tag @SDRestaurantWk;

 

3. They will select one winner at random and match your purchase. (You must show proof of purchase to win, so hold on to your receipt).

 

All San Diegans and beyond are invited to give the gift of dining and be entered to win. Choose your gift amount. Every dollar to the restaurant industry makes a difference, and there is no minimum purchase required to participate in the contest. Stay updated by following @SDRestaurantWK on social media.

 

LAWLESS CHRIST EARNS AWARD

Janet Lawless Christ, an agent affiliated with the La Jolla office of Coldwell Banker Realty, has received The Actors Fund’s 2020 Encore Award, which is presented to those who demonstrate exemplary compassion and dedication to everyone in the entertainment community who brings the performing arts to stages and screens. Passionate about the arts, Lawless Christ is overseeing this year’s “Art’s A Thrive-Inn” at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, and released her first two children’s books, “Nugget the Nomad: Adventures of a Yoga Dog and “Bizzie: The Beat-Loving Bumbling Bee,” in September of this year.

 

LA JOLLA COSMETIC SURGERY CENTRE EARNS AWARD

La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre and Medical Spa (LJC) won both Global and USA Cosmetic Surgery Practice of the Year 2020. The awards were presented by MyFaceMyBody, awards celebrate total excellence in aesthetics all over the world. In addition, LJC received the USA Marketing PR Campaign of the Year for its patient education series during COVID quarantine and the USA Ruby 3-year Hall of Fame achievement. 

“We’re deeply honored to receive these four 2020 USA and Global Aesthetic awards,” said Marie Olesen, LJC chief executive officer. “This recognition validates all that we do every day to help our patients make their dreams become real. The awards recognize our outstanding team of physicians and support staff who have collectively earned La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre and Medical Spa an outstanding reputation in our community. We are also proud of our industry leadership in patient care, education and communication.”  

Thursday, Dec. 17

PACIFIC BEACH SIGN LANDSCAPING

New landscaping was planted at the PB blue wave welcome sign on Grand Avenue from the all-volunteer PB Town Council under project leader Susan Crowers and crew. Graffiti was scrubbed off, eight bags of soil amendment were added, along with several dozen new succulents, including blue wave agaves. They coordinated with Parks and Rec to fix a few sprinkler heads, and to add a valve timer so the new plants will be watered few times a week.

 

SCRIPPS MERCY HONORED FOR OPIOID CARE

Cal Hospital Compare, a nonprofit that provides Californians with hospital performance ratings, has named all four of Scripps Health’s hospitals to its 2020 Opioid Care Honor Roll. Scripps is the only health care organization in San Diego County to be recognized on the inaugural statewide list.

Each of Scripps’ hospitals – Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital (San Diego and Chula Vista campuses) – are ranked in the superior performance tier, which is the honor roll’s top category.

The 2020 Opioid Care Honor Roll recognizes 53 California hospitals for their progress and performance in promoting safe and effective opioid use, providing treatment for patients with opioid use disorder and providing access to naloxone to prevent opioid overdoses. According to state data, over 2,400 Californians died of an opioid-related overdose in 2018.

 

GROUNDBREAKING FOR SR 125-90 CONNECTOR

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 11 and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently held a joint virtual groundbreaking to celebrate the start of construction on the southbound State Route 125 (SR-125) to westbound State Route 905 (SR-905) connector along the Otay Mesa Border region. Additionally, local and agency leaders recognized the recent award of $42.52 million in Trade Corridor Enhancement program grant funding from the California Transportation Commission earlier this month. This additional funding will support design development and construction of the future State Route 11 (SR-11)/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry project. The groundbreaking and new funding are both significant milestones, providing the final missing link along the South County corridor and bringing the region closer to the realization of a new land port of entry.

 

LIVE EVENT INDUSTRY NEEDS HELP

Formed in June of 2020 in response to the lack of industry awareness and advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic and bans on mass gatherings, the San Diego Event Coalition (SDEC) somberly celebrates ambitious achievements of only a half year period while recognizing that little advancements have been made on the initial organizational goals for granted aid and a pathway forward for the industry. While the SDEC has made tremendous strides in building awareness locally and regionally, organizing demonstrations with substantial media coverage and advancing communications with elected officials, there are still 200,000 event industry workers within San Diego County facing a dire entry into 2021.

Despite the progress made by the SDEC, with over 74{b29a8546b24e15ebce5bdf4c4e1e007cef837acd9a52cbb1d773f07e7168b7a8} of event businesses losing over 75{b29a8546b24e15ebce5bdf4c4e1e007cef837acd9a52cbb1d773f07e7168b7a8} of business for 2020, there remains a severe need for governmental actions to support the industry, the workers, the business and the people. Events are economic drivers, events are community, events are fundraisers, events are vital. The SDEC has developed detailed guidelines for creating safe experiences that are ready to be part of the conversation as the future of events are discussed. Approved locally, the state has given no recognition of these guidelines or announced any guidance for how events could operate when the pandemic gets to an appropriate point.

 

ALASKA AIRLINES STARTS NONSTOP FLIGHT TO JACKSON HOLE

Alaska Airlines has launched its first nonstop flight to Jackson Hole, Wyo. via Jackson Hole Airport from San Diego International Airport. The winter seasonal service is offered daily, excluding Tuesdays and Wednesdays, until April 11. This is a new route and marks the first time SAN has nonstop service to Wyoming. The new flights to Jackson Hole provide the region’s leisure travelers a gateway to popular destinations such as Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. For available flight days and times visit alaskaair.com.      

 

OBTC BOARD ELECTION

The Ocean Beach Town Council Board of Directors is now accepting candidate statements for the 2021 board election. If you would like to take your community involvement to the next level, here’s a great opportunity to do so. As a volunteer OBTC director you would help to plan and organize the many local OB events produced by the town council. You will also serve as an elected voice communicating the views and needs of the community to the appropriate agencies, be at the forefront of community discussions, take appropriate action on community issues and be a leader in promoting the general betterment of Ocean Beach.

There are 15 seats on the board for two-year terms. Half of the board stands for election every year. This year, eight seats are up for election. If you would like to be considered for candidacy, submit your candidate statement to obtowncouncil.org/election no later than Monday, Jan. 25, at 11:59 p.m. Candidate Statements should consist of your reasons for wanting to serve on the board of directors as well as any relevant qualifications for serving on a nonprofit board of directors. Candidate statements will be delivered to OBTC voting members and a virtual candidate forum will be held at the January public meeting on Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. for candidates to introduce themselves to the board and the general public.

Eligible candidates for the OBTC board must be over 18 years of age, paid-in-full bronze level OBTC members (as of Jan. 25), and either live, work, own property, or operate a business in Ocean Beach. Voting for this election will take place from Thursday, Jan. 28 – Friday, Feb, 5 at 11:59 p.m. Election results will be certified and announced by Feb. 10. The Ocean Beach Town Council is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to expressing the will of Ocean Beach residents and representing the welfare of the community. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit obtowncouncil.org/election.

 

PILOT PLANTING PROJECT

Enhance La Jolla, the Maintenance Assessment District for the Village, has begun a pilot project to plant and maintain 21 jacaranda trees along Pearl Street. In collaboration with the Village Garden Club of La Jolla, this effort will help beautify the community with strategic placement of trees in existing empty tree wells and dirt patches along one of the most heavily traveled streets in the neighborhood.

“In a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic and upheaval throughout the country, it is our hope that this project will help shine a bright spot in the community,” said Ed Witt, Enhance La Jolla board chair. “This effort represents the continuing evolution of a neighborhood that has banded together through the ups and downs the year 2020 has brought.”

The Pearl Street Pilot Planting Project began with the VGCLJ purchasing jacaranda trees and donating them to Enhance La Jolla, a program funded by donations of $50 from garden club members and members of the public wishing to plant a tree to honor or commemorate a loved one. Native to South and Central America, the jacaranda is a sub-tropical tree known for its attractive and long-lasting violet flowers. After much planning and collaboration, Enhance La Jolla will oversee delivery of the jacaranda trees from Garden Centers on Dec. 18. Following planting, Enhance La Jolla will continue to maintain the trees and will also pay for costs associated with their ongoing care. Following the Pearl Street Pilot Planting Project, a tree planting schedule could be developed for the entire geographic area Enhance La Jolla administers through the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District. For more information, visit enhancelajolla.org.

 

HOLIDAY JOY FOR ISOLATED SENIORS

The San Diego Seniors Community Foundation announced its second round of grant funding through its No Senior Alone Initiative totaling $31,585. The grants will be gifted to 12 senior centers, serving more than 2,200 isolated older people across the region. The grants are tailored to support centers and nonprofit agencies creating holiday-themed events for older people who are isolated and expected to be apart from family and loved ones this holiday season. The centers collectively aim to bring joy to socially isolated older people through a variety of holiday activities including drive-thru parties, meal and gift deliveries, and virtual gatherings. 

New data show at least 1 in 3 older people won’t see their family this holiday season; therefore this funding comes at an opportune time as the senior population is experiencing increased social isolation due to the COVID-19. To support isolated older people, the grants from SDSCF will allow organizations to create holiday-themed programming and events that spread joy to vulnerable elders who have been hardest hit by the pandemic. Recipients include LaJolla Community Center which got $3,000 for its Holiday Cheer and Meal program, a program to deliver hot meals, handwritten cards and bouquets of flowers to 100 isolated older people 

 

TOYMAKER BRINGS SMILES

Roughly 2,000 school-aged children in San Diego’s low-income communities are in for an early Christmas surprise. On Dec. 23, enrolled in the San Diego Unified School District’s food distribution program will receive a special gift courtesy of local toy company, Shore Buddies and San Diego Coastkeeper, a non-profit organization committed to protecting and restoring San Diego’s rivers, streams, and coastline and wildlife that depend on clean water.

This donation is part of a greater social initiative for Shore Buddies, whose mission is to save marine life by actively keeping plastic out of the ocean as well as educating children about the dangers of single-use plastic for the environment. The company, best known for its plush line made from recycled water bottles, will give each child a Shore Buddies keychain (made from recycled plastic bottles), a copy of “Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean” mini-book, and a link to the Shore Buddies plastic footprint calculator as well as other educational resources for elementary teacher and students found on shore-buddies.com.

 

SD PRIDE DONATION

Thanks to a generous donation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and a Nourishing Neighbors grant from the Albertsons Companies Foundation, San Diego Pride will be distributing over $10,000 in groceries and gifts to LGBTQ community members in need. The distribution will take place at the San Diego Pride office located in North Park at 3620 30th St on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A call to pre-register was sent to LGBTQ community members in early December with a portion of the grocery gift bags reserved for LGBTQ seniors.

Despite operating at a loss in 2020, San Diego Pride was able to continue its philanthropic giving this year by distributing $56,500 in direct aid with the help of sponsors, grants, and community donations. San Diego Pride works to return proceeds from the annual Pride week to the LGBTQ community through philanthropic giving, sponsorships, and event support. Since 1994, community contributions have well exceeded $3 million.

 

HOWLIDAY PET PAWTAY

Jingle all the way through downtown San Diego with your furry friends this holiday season. The Gaslamp Howliday Pawtay returns to the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter for some holiday cheer. Friday, Dec.18 through Thursday, Dec. 24. Pet owners and their adorable companions are invited to deck the halls in the festive costumes of their choice and step out on the town for a self-guided stroll during this jolly promenade.

Follow the paw prints and play along with fun trivia and be sure to pose for the pupparazzi in front of one of the designated photo opps. On Dec. 19-20 enjoy free afternoons of puptastic fun (from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) with the Pet Holiday Market and don’t forget to enjoy the shopping discounts from participating retailers. Follow along @gaslampquarter on Instagram for your chance to win a one-bedroom suite (with your pooch and a human guest) at Residence Inn by Marriott. Take your self-guided stroll any time from Dec. 18-24. Pet Holiday Market is Dec. 19-20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.on Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue. Goodie bag pick-up location: Downtown Ace at 675 Sixth Ave., Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

 

PB RESIDENT DONATES TO ALS

The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter has announced a year-end, matching donation challenge that’s part of a $25,000 donation from Pacific Beach resident Rick Greenberg, a retired sports medicine physician. Because of Greenberg’s donation, every dollar donated to the ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter until Dec. 31, will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000, according to Steve Becvar, ALS Association executive director.

“2020 has been a challenging year, but ALS doesn’t stop and neither have we in helping people live longer and better with this horrible disease,” said Becvar. “Because of the generous matching donation from Rick Greenberg, our chapter will finish the year strong. He’s an amazing and inspirational example of a courageous and supportive family member.”

Greenberg said his donation is in honor of his identical twin brother David, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 and passed away Dec. 7, 2016, at age 69. David, also of PB, had a 30-year career as a general-practice family physician. Year-end donations can be made at alsasd.org, or mailed to 9929 Hibert St., Suite A, San Diego, 92131.

 

FAREWELL TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lawyers Club of San Diego, which for nearly 50 years has advocated for the advancement of women in law and society, will bid farewell in 2021 to its longest serving executive director, Elaine Lawrence. Lawrence, who began serving as executive director of Lawyers Club in August 2011 and has had a long career as a “servant leader” for nonprofit organizations, will retire effective April 30.

“We are deeply grateful for Elaine, who is often referred to as the rock of our organization,” Lawyers Club president Yahairah Aristy said. “I count it among my blessings that I have this opportunity to work with her and benefit from the tremendous asset of her leadership as I serve as president of Lawyers Club.”

 

CALIFORNIA UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS

According to WalletHub, a credit reporting website, California has the ninth most unemployment claims of the 50 states. Change in California Weekly Unemployment Claims (1 = biggest increase, 25 = avg.):

 

  • 326.39{b29a8546b24e15ebce5bdf4c4e1e007cef837acd9a52cbb1d773f07e7168b7a8} Change in Unemployment Claims (Latest Week vs Last Year)

    • 202,627 the week of Dec. 7 vs. 47,521 the week of Dec. 9, 2019.

    • 11th biggest increase in the U.S. 

  • 451.82{b29a8546b24e15ebce5bdf4c4e1e007cef837acd9a52cbb1d773f07e7168b7a8} Change in Unemployment Claims (Latest week vs. start of 2020).

    • 202,627 the week of Dec. 7 vs. 36,720 the week of Jan. 1.

    • 6th biggest increase in the U.S. 

  • 704.02{b29a8546b24e15ebce5bdf4c4e1e007cef837acd9a52cbb1d773f07e7168b7a8} Change in Unemployment Claims (Since the start of COVID-19 crisis vs. last year)

    • 10,704,504 between the week of March 16 and the week of Dec. 7 vs. 1,520,483 between the week of March 18, 2019, and the week of Dec. 9, 2019.

    • 16th smallest increase in the U.S.

 

To view the full report and your state’s rank, visit wallethub.com/edu/states-unemployment-claims/72730/.

Monday, Dec. 14

BUB’S DRIVE-THRU PATIO

Bub’s @ the Beach at 1030 Garnet Ave. has converted the patio space they recently put together into a drive-thru of sorts. They’re calling it their “Wings On the Fly, Hot Tots & Brew Thru,” enabling folks to either order ahead online or pull up onsite to order, and wait in their car until it’s brought out to them. The location will have TVs facing outside so folks can watch holiday movies while they wait for their food.

 

TAKE OUT BREAKFAST SPECIALS

The holidays might look a little different this year, but you still need to eat, right? Support local businesses and take a load off by letting some of San Diego’s beloved eateries do the cooking this holiday season with breakfast specials honed for the time of year.

Fig Tree Café’s outposts in Liberty Station and Pacific Beach are celebrating the holidays all December long with their chocolate hazelnut latte, as well as cranberry almond baked French toast topped with house-made eggnog glaze – both available for carryout.

Gorge on Breakfast Republic specials in the comfort of your home throughout December with their veggie breakfast pot pie – packed with creamy mushroom and vegetable gravy, cradled by crispy puff pastry topped with plant-based egg and chives – or treat your sweet tooth to gingerbread pancakes infused with gingerbread spice and sweet cinnamon swirl, finished with whipped cream and cookie crumble. You can still get their Paloma mimosa on the go – infused with tequila, grapefruit and lime juice with brut and a kosher salt rim. If a boozy brunch isn’t in the cards, perk up with their cinnamon roll latte.

 

SHARP HEALTHCARE BLOOD DRIVE

Sharp HealthCare has collected 1,290 pints of blood at its facilities across the county from employees, their families and friends, as a part of their Sharp Lends a Hand community outreach program. Sharp hospitals use approximately 24,000 units of blood products each year to care for their patients. The San Diego Blood Bank is the primary provider of blood products to Sharp hospitals across San Diego.

Last year, Sharp HealthCare announced its goal to collect 1,700 pints of blood in 2020. Sharp employees, their families and friends were encouraged to donate blood at mobile drives at Sharp locations or at any San Diego Blood Bank donor center or mobile drive. While the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of 22 planned blood drives, Sharp was able to host 47 blood drives at various Sharp locations throughout San Diego. The result – though less than the pre-pandemic goal – was enough to name Sharp as San Diego’s largest single donor of blood products to the San Diego Blood Bank in 2020.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in generally good health. To make an appointment, visit sandiegobloodbank.org or call 619-400-8251. 

 

SDCA HOSTS TOY GIVEAWAY

San Diego Community Assist (SDCA) announced that they will be holding a toy giveaway on Dec. 21, where they will be giving out 500 toys to children. Further, on Dec. 22 they will also be giving out 500 turkeys to veterans, first responders, law enforcement, and giving out 500 meals to the homeless and people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The holiday season will be a little bit lighter this year, thanks to the organizers’ efforts of this year’s toy drive and food giveaway to benefit the kids and the San Diego Community. The location for both events will be disclosed at a later time.

If you wish to assist with the event, visit their GoFundMe page at gf.me/u/zbrrcs to donate. San Diego Community Assist emphasizes giving back to the community, shown by the many toys already donated. They are composed of an incredible team that is dedicated and committed to helping those in need led by founder Xavier Mitchell.

 

FACE DONATIONS SAVES PETS

The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is a not-for-profit public charity that provides financial grants for animal owners who are unable to afford the cost of their pet’s emergency or critical care. FACE’s goal is to create a world where no family pet dies due to financial hardship. FACE has saved the lives of nearly 2,900 pets in need of emergency veterinary care. Through Dec. 31, all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 so your gift will go twice as far.

Your gift will help pets like Mr. Chow, who is a handsome tuxedo cat who has been a big part of his family for five years. His mom is a hard-working nurse with a son in college. She had recently taken in a friend who lost his job due to the pandemic, along with his two children. On top of generously taking care of a newfound family of five, Mr. Chow suddenly became very sick. 

When Mr. Chow developed a life-threatening urethral obstruction, his family didn’t know what to do. They exhausted all options, but just couldn’t come up with the funds to pay for his emergency surgery. They reached out to FACE as a final resort. Thanks to FACE’s generous supporters, Mr. Chow got the life-saving surgery he needed and is now back at home recovering with his loving family. To donate to FACE, visit donorperfect.net.

 

FREE NOEL CONCERT

The San Diego Symphony announced the return of holiday music tradition “Noel Noel” on Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Featuring guest narrator and multi-Grammy Award-winner Jason Mraz and a roster of special collaborators, the free at-home experience will provide heaps of musical holiday cheer. Jazz also returns for the Holidays with a free virtual concert featuring San Diego’s finest Jazz musicians in “I’ll Be Jazzed for Christmas”

“Noel Noel” will be presented free for the first time in the organization’s history as a way to help the community celebrate the holiday season. Advanced registration is required to gain free access to the concert. Visit sandiegosymphony.org/noelnoel before Dec. 18 to register; the event will be available for stream-on-demand for registered viewers throughout December following the initial stream.

 

LJ ART GALLERY EXHIBITION

R.B.Stevenson Gallery at 7661 Girard Ave. in La Jolla is hosting the exhibition “that’s what artists do” featuring works by gallery artists. Now, visitors will be required to wear facemasks and can gather outside the gallery and enter when they feel comfortable with social distancing. For more information visit, rbstevensongallery.com.

 

SCUBA SANTA

Though temporarily closed due to the pandemic, Birch Aquarium at Scripps at 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla still has to feed the marine livestock. Toward that end, Scuba Santa will be stopping by to feed the fish. The aquarium will be streaming a Scuba Santa dive live on Facebook and YouTube Saturday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. For more information, visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

 

C-3 ELECTS 2021 BOARD

Four women have been elected to the board of Citzens Coordinate for Century 3, a member-supported nonprofit bringing together residents and professionals to jointly craft solutions to the challenges facing the City of San Diego and the region. With 15 candidates, this was the most competitive C-3 Board Election in recent memory. In early January, the C-3 Board will be appointing three additional “Board Members at Large” and two replacements for vacated board seats. Stay tuned for an announcement on our full board lineup and committee structure in early 2021.

 

New board members:

 

– Susan Baldwin is an urban planner, recently retired from SANDAG where she worked as a senior regional planer on land use and housing issues for 27 years. Her interest also include historic preservation and the preservation of San Diego’s backcountry.

 

–Trish Boaz, executive director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, brings over 30 years of experience in conservation and environmental protection. She previously worked for the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, where she oversaw the implementation of the Multiple Species Conservation Program coordinating the County’s acquisition of over 7,100 acres of open space lands.

 

– Suzanne Lawrence is a San Diego native who has spent the last three decades facilitating policy makers, academic institutions, government agencies, and industry leaders in defining and achieving success. Her work has focused on fostering strategic intent, building resource development capacity, cultivating collaborative partnerships, and demystifying organizational dynamics.

 

– Elizabeth Ocampo Vivero is the director of planning and urban design at M.W. Steele Group, a local planning and architecture firm based in Barrio Logan. Her experience includes participating in multiple aspects of local planning, focusing on land use, urban design, community outreach, and implementation. Prior to joining M.W. Steele Group, Elizabeth worked as a Senior Planner for the City of San Diego Planning Department and was assigned to various communities in central and south San Diego.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

HOLIDAY & BENEFIT CONCERT

La Jolla Community Center’s holiday and benefit concert will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. This virtual concert will be streamed live on YouTube. It will feature jazz musicians Peter Sprague, Leonard Patton, and Tripp Sprague and the event will include raffles and a silent auction. Attending the concert is free and open to all and contributions are appreciated and allow the La Jolla Community Center to continue to provide programs and services. They also welcome sponsorships for this event. All those who register at the support level of $100 will be entered for a raffle for dinner at Nine-Ten Restaurant and the winner will be announced during the event. To register, visit ljcommunitycenter.org/holiday-benefit-concert.

 

BIRD ROCK BAKERY HONORED

Wayfarer Bread & Pastry at 5525 La Jolla Blvd. in Bird Rock was honored by being named one of America’s 10 Best Bakeries by Food & Wine Magazine. “We are humbled to be on this list with such admirable company,” said Wayfarer founder Crystal White. “I’ve looked up to many of these bakeries as inspiration and it’s incredible to be included among them.”

Wayfarer Bread is a small neighborhood bakery focused on selling naturally fermented breads hot and fresh, directly to the community. Though primarily a bread bakery, Wayfarer also provides pastries and sandwiches on fresh bread in the afternoon.

For 16 years, White has worked her way through kitchens, honing her skills and narrowing her focus. In 2010 she co-founded and managed Proof Bakery in Los Angeles. Most recently, she worked her way up through the bread department at the world-renowned Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. The culmination of this experience has prepared her to launch a concept of her own.

 

SANTA SUNDAY AT CAFE COYOTE

Santa Claus will be ho ho ho-ing through Café Coyote at 2461 San Diego Ave. in Old Town giving out to-go orders in a converted drive through garage, decked out as a mini “North Pole,” for Santa Sunday on Sunday, Dec. 13. Can’t make it to Santa? Santa will come to you. On Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12 all orders of $100 or more will receive doorstep delivery from Ol’ Saint Nick. For more information, visit CafeCoyoteOldTown.com.

 

LAID-OFF WORKERS SUPPORTED

Starting today, Rise & Shine Hospitality Group is donating free meals to laid-off workers from any industry impacted by the shutdown at Breakfast Republic Mission Valley. This is the second time Rise & Shine has launched this effort, previously having donated $52,363.44 to fund the 6,479 meals they provided to laid-off workers just earlier this year. Owner and founder of the group, Johan Engman, feels it is his duty as a business owner to help those community members affected by the pandemic however he can, even in the face of his own business’ trials and tribulations during this trying time.

 

PLHS FUNDRAISER

A fundraiser is being held to support Point Loma High School’s Instrumental Music Program via a restaurant day family lunch/dinner on Friday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Torpasta at 3545 Midway Drive. This fundraising campaign benefits students in orchestra, marching band, dance guard, jazz band, wind ensemble, drumline, percussion, and concert band. Please mention the PLHS Music / Dance Guard program when ordering.

 

SDSU VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

San Diego State University Gallery is hosting a virtual online exhibition of work by artists Phung Huynh, Adama Delphine Fawundu, and Claire A. Warden. The exhibition, Upon Closer Inspection, will be on view from Dec. 10, 2020, through March 31, 2021, on the KunstMatrix virtual exhibition platform.

Upon Closer Inspection brings together artworks from three female artists working across different media who are exploring personal identities, narratives, and lived experiences related to heritage and migration. The exhibition looks into the complexities of how cultural identity, agency, and representation inform everyday life. Through drawing, painting, photography, textile, and performance, the selection of artwork in the exhibition visualizes family histories past and present. For more information, visit art.sdsu.edu. 

 

PLAYGROUNDS TO REMAIN OPEN

“Kids in San Diego County can now enjoy local playgrounds,” said Fourth District Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “This is something that can be done safely and make the lives of families easier. My conversations with California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly worked, and I appreciate their partnership on this adjustment. Thank you to everyone who worked cooperatively with the state, to bring about this adjustment, our collective efforts made a difference.”

 

PB POP-UP BUTCHER SHOP

A chef-driven butcher shop specializing in Japanese Wagyu beef is opening a pop-up location having taken over Pacific Beach’s Isabel’s Cantina at 966 Felspar St. Chef Steve Brown opened his first Swagyu Chop Shop this past summer in Imperial Beach. Brown began selling his Wagyu beef on Dec. 9 in PB. He also hopes to revive his Cosecha wagyu tasting dinners at Isabel’s, once the dining ban is lifted. 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 8

DUCK DIVE TO-GO 

With the new stay-at-home order officially in place, Duck Dive at 4650 Mission Blvd. is revamping their to-go menus to offer all-day brunch and their tasty cocktails. Available Thursdays-Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can enjoy breakfast bites like a variety of French toasts and the ABC Omelet, made with avocado, bacon, and cheddar cheese, and served with a side of potatoes and garlic toast.

You can also take home any of the creative cocktails, including the Tropic Like It’s Hot favorite, crafted with Rumhaven Caribbean Rum, fresh mint, coconut cream, blood orange, pineapple, and lime juice. Beer and wine are also available for takeout.

TOYS FOR JOY

On Saturday, Dec. 12, 3,700 families will receive much needed food and toys at the 24th annual Toys for Joy. The drive-thru style distribution will take place at four locations throughout San Diego.

Over the past 23 years, Toys for Joy has served over 166,900 children and their families. During the holiday season, it can be difficult for families to provide toys and food without sufficient funds and resources. This is true now more than ever with the impact of COVID-19.

The Rock Church, which has a Point Loma location, along with its partners will host a drive-thru style version of Toys for Joy. Children will each receive a brand new toy and families will receive groceries. Toys for Joy has tripled the amount of groceries being distributed due to the impacts of COVID. For more information visit www.toys-for-joy.org

WINDOW DECORATING

The winner for the Discover Pacific Beach’s year-end Window Decoration Contest is Prospect Home Finance at 875 Garnet Ave.

ECONOMIC SUPPORT

United Way of San Diego County (UWSD), a nonprofit working in alignment with partners to address inequities in the region and help underserved communities recently received a grant of nearly $450,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH).

UWSD was one of just 23 nonprofits across the nation that received this funding. The organization will use these resources from OMH to form a three-year partnership with community organizations in San Diego County, aiming to measure for the first time how giving families more economic resources and support prevents the incidence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). 

ALE SMITH LOOKING AHEAD

Dubbed San Diego’s Best Brewery of 2020, AleSmith Brewing Co. is encouraging folks to sign up for their Order of the Anvil 2021 Membership, which is open for public enrollment until the end of this month. Beer-lovers can still set themselves up for a full year brimming with amazing craft brews thoughtfully curated by the AleSmith team, or surprise their beer-loving cronies this holiday season with the gift that keeps on giving. To register, folks can download the Oznr iOS/Android app or go to alesmith.oznr.com.

HOLIDAY SAVING WEBINAR

San Diego County Credit Union will present a free webinar on How to Save This Season Wednesday, Dec. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar will be presented by SDCCU experts, with the virtual format allowing the community to join the presentation online from the safety of their own homes. During the webinar, SDCCU financial wellness professionals will discuss simple money saving ideas and creative ways to help cut costs this holiday season. The one-hour session will provide tips and DIY ideas to help you celebrate a fun and festive season no matter your budget. This free webinar is open to the public, but virtual space is limited and reservations are required. To register or for details, visit sdccu.com/fww. 

REVELLE VESSEL RETURNS TO SEA

Research vessel (R/V) Roger Revelleone of the largest ships in the U.S. Academic Research Fleet, is back to sea after a midlife refit involving upgrades from top to bottom, bow to stern. The refit will extend the service life by 15 to 20 years with improvements to systems crucial to the vessel’s operations, scientific capabilities, habitability, and environmental footprint. The ship is owned by the Office of Naval Research and has been operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego since 1996.

The vessel is vitally important to U.S. oceanographic research due to its range, payload, duration, and ability to safely conduct scientific operations in remote areas around the globe. The $60 million revitalization was supported by ONR, the National Science Foundation, and Scripps Oceanography. 

CHEERS TO THE HOLIDAYS

The Holding Company, at 5046 Newport Ave. in Ocean Beach, kicked- off its 12 Days of Cocktails. This special will feature a new, holiday-themed cocktail every day through Friday, Dec. 18.

The 12 Days of Cocktails includes Skrew the Nog, Xmas Tree Farm, Blue Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Truly Skrewed, All I want for Christmas is you, Father Christmas, Silent Night, Skrew Krampus, I’ll be Hike for Christmas, Fairytale of New York and Joy to the World.  

MARITIME MUSEUM TEMPORARY CLOSURE

Maritime Museum of San Diego, serving as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world, temporarily closed for the third time Dec. 5  due to the Stay Home order. Located at Star of India Wharf, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is a collection of historic vessels moored together dockside along the north embarcadero between Grape and Ash Streets located at 1492 North Harbor Drive. For more information, to make a donation, or learn more about the restoration projects underway, visit sdmaritime.org.  

Saturday, Dec. 5

WINTER WONDER AT BELMONT PARK

Belmont Park in Mission Beach is holding its second annual Winter Wonder holiday spectacular every Saturday and Sunday in December from noon to 8 p.m. for the holiday season. On December weekends, the 95-year-old beachside park will offer a day-and-night experience, featuring a holiday toy drive, 15-foot-tall holiday-themed sculptures, other winter-themed activities, and entertainment; plus Illuminated Winter Nights when the sun goes down.

Race under dazzling lights on the new Go Kart Track, visit with Santa, or get cozy at Beach House with holiday movies and dinner by the beach. Explore all the unique gift shopping, or for the best gift of all – adopt a pet from the pet adoption events on select days only. For more information, visit belmontpark.com.

FISH TACO CHAMP

The winner of Pacific Beachfest’s 2020 Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest is City Tacos. It was a close competition, but the newest contestant squeaked out in front to clinch the title beating long time favorites. Discover PB congratulates the City Tacos. For more information, contact PacificBeach.org.

MB TOY DRIVE & BEACH CLEANUP

Draft San Diego is announced it is working with the Mission Beach community in hosting Toys for Tots toy drive and beach cleanup this month. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Draft, Plunge Pool or Mission Beach Rentals now until Dec. 11. For each donated toy, you can receive a reward, like a day pass to The Plunge, discount on your next visit to Draft, or rent one get one at Mission Beach Rentals. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the beach cleanup on Dec. 12.

BREAK POINT CHRISTMAS DRINKS

Break Point at 945 Garnet Ave. is ready to welcome the holiday season with a new line up of festive libations. Guests can keep warm and kick off the season with selections including the Caramel Irish Coffee, Hot Buttered Rum and signature Hot Toddy. For an extra festive touch, diners can pair brunch or dinner selections with the Candy Cane Cocoa, which incorporates hot cocoa, peppermint schnapps, whipped cream and candy cane garnish. Break Point is open Fridays from 4-10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

LA MESA HOLIDAY MARKET

In a modified craft market format that has been approved by County and City officials, a jingly wonderland will take over the La Mesa Village bringing a festive experience for all ages Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friends and family will have the chance to take part in the free festive fun with holiday music, craft vendors, a food court, and a unique holiday photo station for classic joy and cheer.

Peruse the handmade artisan goods of local makers and check off everyone on your gift list; head to the food court for tasty holiday treats from local vendors; enjoy renditions of your favorite seasonal tunes; and, trot along with the long-limbed Red Toy Soldier and famed reindeer of winter.

This year’s La Mesa Holiday in the Village, will take all precautions, under health official advisement, to ensure this holiday market is a safe and cheerful experience for all. Temperature checks will be required upon entry and face coverings and social distancing will be required throughout. Directional arrows will guide your flow to aid in easy spacing among groups.

POST OFFICES EXTEND HOLIDAY HOURS

To ease the hustle and bustle of getting your holiday shipments in the mail, select Post Offices throughout San Diego County will extend hours on Saturday, Dec. 19 and open for full retail services on Sunday, Dec. 13 and 20. With the week before Christmas anticipated to be the busiest week of the year, the Postal Service wants to ease the stress for customers needing to get their shipments on the way.

The following offices will extend their retail service hours on Saturday, Dec. 19:

4640 Cass St. 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m.

2701 Midway Drive 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The following post offices will be open for retail service from, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

Sunday, Dec. 13 and 20:

2701 Midway Drive

4640 Cass St.

Additionally, USPS.com allows people to print labels, print postage, and call for their carrier to pick up their package from their home or office without ever going to a post office. Between now and Christmas, many neighborhoods will also see mail carriers delivering packages on Sunday. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

LJ WINDOW DECORATING

La Jolla Village Merchants Association is sponsoring a merchant window decorating contest. Village merchants and property managers are invited to spread some cheer this unusual holiday season. Secret elves will be going through the Village all month long to rate decor for both creativity, festivity, fun, and humor. Make sure you are following the Instagram and Facebook pages to be the first to know how you can support and vote for your favorite merchants and win valuable prizes. Merchants can win prizes by posting photos on @lajollabythesea and Facebook  (@lajollabythesea1) and using #HappyJollaDays or #mylajolla.

LA JOLLAN JOINS PGA BOARD

John McNair, chief golf officer at JC Resorts in La Jolla, has joined the PGA board of directors as District 11 director for the PGA of America. McNair will represent the Aloha, Northern California and Southern California PGA Sections by fulfilling the remaining year-long term of Bill Troyanoski, PGA. Afterwards, McNair will serve a full three-year term on the board.

A distinguished PGA member with more than 25 years of experience, McNair served as president of the Southern California PGA Section from 2015-16. He also served as the past chairman of the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Golf Committee. McNair, who manages all aspects of JC Resorts’ golf operations, course maintenance and food and beverage venues, also is an active contributor to several golf publications, including PGA Magazine and Golf, Inc.

SD BLOOD BANK NEEDS PLASMA

San Diego Blood Bank is seeing a sharp increase in hospital orders for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. Orders have more than tripled in the last month. On top of local demand, SDBB is being called upon to help supply national surge centers in anticipation of a spike in usage across the country. SDBB was one of the first blood banks in the country to begin collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma. In addition to supplying local hospitals, SDBB has supported surge centers and other blood banks across the country.

Plasma donations from those who have recovered from COVID-19 are needed to help others who are currently fighting the virus. This is because their plasma has developed antibodies against a virus. Anyone previously diagnosed with COVID-19 can sign up at sandiegobloodbank.org.

To support the efforts, all blood donations are being tested for antibodies as part of SDBB’s standard testing panel in order to qualify donations for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. If a donation tests positive, the plasma in the donated blood may be used to help hospital patients fighting COVID-19.

Historically, convalescent plasma (CCP) has been successfully used to treat SARS, MERS and the Spanish flu, so there is evidence that it may help people suffering from certain infectious diseases like COVID-19.

“We need anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 to contact us to see if they are eligible to donate their plasma,” said David Wellis, CEO of the blood bank. “The need has already increased over the last couple of weeks and we anticipate even more requests from hospitals as we head into the new year.”

Appointments are required to donate blood and convalescent plasma. To see if you qualify, call 619-400-8251.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

– Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends Bumble, Yukon, and Clarice will make spirits bright by providing physically-distanced photos for guests to take home.

– At the Sesame Street Christmas Village at SeaWorld, everyone’s favorite furry friends will be in their festive holiday attire ready for guests to enjoy physically-distanced photo opportunities.

– SeaWorld is decked out for the holidays with plenty of insta-worthy moments for photos, including the Tunnel of Lights, a shimmering, holiday-music activated experience featuring more than 5,000 colorful lights. 

– All of SeaWorld’s outdoor animal exhibits are open during Christmas Celebration, including Dolphin Point, where guests can say hello to their favorite bottlenose dolphin friends. It’s all part of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, taking place on select dates through Jan. 4.

 

LA JOLLA CHRISTMAS PARADE

La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival is scheduled from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 with the parade kicking-off at 1:30 p.m. Due to the pandemic, the event will have stationary floats with spectators driving through to see them. Themed “Christmas the Cove – in the Time of Covid,” the annual homespun event will feature virtual entertainment, socially distanced photos with Santa and the traditional community Christmas tree lighting at La Jolla Rec Center at 615 Prospect St. The holiday celebration will include virtual parade marshals honored for their year-long community contributions. For more information, visit ljparade.com

 

BREAKFAST AT CITY TACOS

The Pacific Beach location of City Tacos at 4516 Mission Blvd. has launched a specialty breakfast menu, available Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. New menu items include the ‘Ahuevo’ Breakfast Taco ($3), the Chilaquiles ($8) made with spicy grilled tomatillo salsa and served alongside two sunny side up eggs, crema fresca and a cotija cheese sprinkle, and the Burro Aleman ($8), which features scrambled eggs, German sausage, asadero cheese and avocado, served on a low-carb spinach tortilla.

In addition to breakfast goodies, the taqueria will also offer the Liberty Taco as their December Taco of the Month special. For just $5, savor grilled New York steak over melted asadero cheese, topped with buttered green beans, toasted almonds, cotija cheese, and a sweet honey dressing. City Tacos Pacific Beach is currently open for outdoor dining and take-out services.

 

POINT LOMA SUMMER CONCERTS

The Point Loma Summer Concerts board of directors is cautiously anticipating its 20th season in 2021 and is excited to announce the band lineup for next year which is:

July 9 – Elton- The Early Years

July 16 – Cassie B’s 90s Remix

July 23 – The Mighty Untouchables

July 30 – 24K Magic: Tribute to Bruno Mars

Aug. 6 – Pine Mountain Logs

“Being proactive in protecting the safety of the Point Loma community remains our top priority,” said concert organizers who thanked Presenting Sponsor, Willis Allen Real Estate for the company’s continued support, as well as the volunteers and vendors for making the concerts happen.

 

BARONS MARKET FEEDS FAMILIES

This holiday season, Barons Market will conduct an in-store fundraiser for Feeding San Diego. In all nine Barons locations, shoppers can fill out a donation card to participate in the fundraiser going on now through Dec. 31. All proceeds from San Diego stores will go to Feeding San Diego. There is a Barons Market location at 4001 W. Point Loma Blvd.

This year, even more families face food insecurity due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Barons Market has its roots within the community and realizes that being there for your neighbor is incredibly important now more than ever. As an independent grocery store that is passionate about giving back, the team has previously raised over $300,000 for around 300 local organizations. This year’s partnership is a natural joining of forces because of the shared belief that everyone should have access to food.

 

POINT LOMA PLAYHOUSE

Back by popular demand, Point Loma Playhouse will re-stream their recent production of “Mass Appeal” on Saturday, Dec. 5 only. Filmed under COVID-19 guidelines, Bill C. Davis’s two-character play deals with religion, faith, politics of the church and relationships. Considering the recent turmoil in the church, this timely production raises the question, is it best to go along to get along, or challenge the status quo? Starring Richard Rivera and Tim Benson, the play is directed by Jerry Pilato. For more information, call 619-800-5497 or visit pointlomaplayhouse.com.

 

MISSION FED FUNDRAISER

Mission Fed Credit Union has launched a Holiday Giving Fundraiser to benefit three community partners. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, San Diego Rescue Mission, and The Salvation Army San Diego County will each receive a $10,000 matching donation, a total of $30,000 to help them meet their missions. The campaign will continue through the end of the year. San Diegans are encouraged to donate by visiting MissionFed.com/Giving.

 

Thursday, Nov. 25

 

THE RIGHT STUFF IN SD 

The popular TV show “The Right Stuff” is officially touching down in San Diego. The popular Disney+ series, which explores the origin and growth of the U.S. space program in the 1960s, has announced it is moving filming of its second season to San Diego. The show is based on the 1983 Academy Award-winning film, “The Right Stuff,” which starred Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris and Dennis Quaid, and was based on the book written by Tom Wolfe. The hit series is scheduled to shoot for 88 days, starting in March 2021. Locations for shooting have yet to be determined.  

“We are thrilled to welcome ‘The Right Stuff’ to the San Diego region. The California Film and TV Tax Credit Program has been a critical incentive in attracting productions to San Diego,” said Brandy Shimabukuro, film liaison for the City of San Diego’s Film Office. “Productions like these help bolster our local economy and civic pride, while also creating and sustaining jobs in the film industry.”  

Because the region offers diverse locations and nearly impeccable weather year-round, San Diego is attractive to film and television productions. The San Diego Film Office was established by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego City Council in 2015 to support and grow the local film industry and to promote the San Diego region as a competitive, film-friendly destination. These efforts have bolstered an increase in film and television production, including facilitating production for the eagerly-anticipated “Top Gun: Maverick,” FOX’s “Pitch,” Netflix’s “Ingobernable,” and TNT’s “The Last Ship.” 

 

DISCOVER PB URGES SHOP SMALL

Take a moment to reach out and commend the small business owner, the heart and soul of the community. You’ve become a survivor with all that was thrown at you this year. As part of Discover PB’s Shop Small Campaign this year, the group continue to promote our small businesses and market to your customers. But this year more than ever it is important to show how truly essential you all are.

Stories like Lotus and Luna, which distributed over 220,000 free masks to essential workers, teachers and local businesses. Did you create a beautiful outdoor space, get published or (not so) simply manage to keep your employees this year? If you have upcoming events, promotions, or news to share with the community? If your business would like to participate, email a blurb or link along with some images and Discover Pacific Beach will promote it through various social media sites. Email details and photos to [email protected] or simply tag us @discoverpb.